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· Banned
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Exhibition to relive city's glory

TRAGIC: 1979 Woolworths blaze in Piccadilly.

MANCHESTER'S museum of urban life is preparing to turn back the clock for a special "people's exhibition" this summer.

Bosses at Urbis expect the exhibition, called Manchester 0161, to feature memories on everything from life in the post industrial revolution factories to the heyday of the Hacienda, and from life in Hulme before the reconstruction to the glitz of the Commonwealth Games.

They are appealing to city residents to come forward to share their memories about the highs and lows of living in a northern city over the past five decades, to feature in the show.

Among the highs that could feature include the preparations for the Coronation in 1953, the explosion of the `Madchester' music scene and the glory of the Commonwealth Games in 2002.

The lows would undoubtedly include the Stockport air crash of 1967, the Woolworths fire in Piccadilly in 1979 and the devastation of the IRA bomb in 1996.


A spokesman for Urbis said: "Manchester 0161 is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Manchester to get involved with Urbis, to tell us their stories, become a part of the exhibition and make it their own.

"The people of Manchester are what makes our city the great place it is to live, work and play.

"And this exhibition is our opportunity to celebrate them, the diversity of cultures and communities that exist within the city and what it means to be a Mancunian in 2006.

"For an exhibition centre focusing on cities, there's no better place to be than the original modern city, Manchester."

As well as the city centre, the focus of Manchester 0161 will include the whole of Greater Manchester.

Any story or memory from the past 50 years will be considered for the exhibition.

Urbis has been making a huge effort to get more involved in the local community since Vaughan Allen - a former writer for the Big Issue - took over as chief executive last summer.

ON PARADE: Man Utd's treble celebrations Showcase

The attraction, built as part of the millennium celebrations and opened in 2002, has seen an upswing in visitor numbers since scrapping its entry charge.

Channel M, which is owned by the same company as the M.E.N. and Manchester's only dedicated TV channel, has moved into the building and showcases itself to visitors as a "living" exhibition.

Anyone who wants to take part in Manchester 0161 can fill in an online questionnaire or post comments on a message board at

· Cowboy of Love
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Yeah - fancied a bit of this - regaling them with my tales of depravity on the Hac dancefloor and beyond - couldnt find the online questionnaire though and of course.......i have got a reputation to think about you know!
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